February 2012 Toronto & Western Break Ranks to Sign Access Copyright Deal The universities of Western Ontario and Toronto have signed a deal with Access. Copyright that allows for surveillance of faculty correspondence, unjustified restriction to copyrighted works and two million dollars in fees that will be passed along to students. Embarrassed by ‘drivel … poppycock’ Indigenous knowledge is embedded within a sense of community. It is gained and passed on by doing. It also encompasses, in a holistic way, a respect and appreciation for the metaphysical world tied closely to the physical one. CAUT replies Recognizing indigenous knowledge in the academy is meant to start another dialogue that can lead to new insights and understandings. It is not meant to replace knowledge and methodologies. It is meant to add to it. Iran Jails Bahá’í Educators, Calling Their Canadian Degrees Illegal For more than a decade Canadian universities and professors have played a quiet but essential role in providing graduate education to Bahá’í students banned from university in Iran because of their religion. AUCC’s Statement an Academic Freedom Wakeup Call On hearing of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s new statement on academic freedom released this past October, Jon Thompson, the author of No Debate: The Israel Lobby and Free Speech at Canadian Universities, captures the essence of AUCC's statement as a full scale attack on academic freedom. Debt Ceiling to Increase The federal government has announced plans to raise the legal limit for outstanding Canada student loans from $15 billion to $19 billion. The government says the regulatory amendment is necessary to ensure students continue to have access to federal loans for another 10 years. Academic Staff & Unions Join Students for Education Is a Right Campaign Chants resounded loudly from students and their allies at Education is a Right rallies organized by the Canadian Federation of Students in cities across Canada. Another Top Official Departs Statscan Another senior staff person has left Statistics Canada, alleging the agency no longer fosters the free exchange of ideas. Statscan’s chief economic analyst resigned to work at the CD Howe Institute. UK Drops Higher Education Bill, but Private Universities Could Still Creep In The UK government has withdrawn controversial new legislation due this spring that would have made it easier for private universities and colleges, including for-profit institutions, to be set up and award degrees. Dismay at CERC Selection Process The federal government raised red flags with the announcement of a new selection process for the up-coming Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) competition. Students Already Paying Their Own Way, Study Says University graduates pay the costs of their education “and more,” according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. OLRB Opens Door to Toronto Postdoc Union After more than two years of hearings and deliberations, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has concluded in a precedent-setting case that postdoctoral fellows at the University of Toronto are employees, thereby having the right to unionize. Clincial Faculty at Manitoba Endorse New Association Canada’s newest clinical faculty association has won a resounding 83 per cent endorsement to represent academic clinicians in negotiating a memorandum of agreement with the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Not Drowning But Waving In a triathlon, the event begins with the swim and it is said that other swimmers can be aggressive. But in the water, surrounded by other 40-something women, it's the opposite. When one swimmer bumped into another, she’d often smile and chat for a moment before moving on. In many respects, Not Drowning But Waving parallels this experience — the waters are friendly but crowded, and the crowding lends to confusion. Leadership under Fire This book deals with important questions of conflict and change in universities and the success or failure of a university president’s response to such pressures.